Well, it took 20 years and we got a moment I didn't think I'd ever see on this show.
An extended bleep.
Lyle: Something bad happens and you cope by cramming a donut in your mouth. Homer: Yeah well, you don't always have time to **beeeeeeeeeep**
Ok, I get that Seth Rogen wrote the episode. But it still feels odd to have that moment in a Simpsons episode when shock-profanity is usually reserved for a Seth MacFarlane show. It obviously won't become habit, but...still...just felt weird.
Otherwise, the episode was alright, but had some great moments, like Comic Book Guy fainting into a pile of Hulk Hands and Homer's custom montage. After 20 seasons, recycling is rapidly becoming the order of the day, as this episode looked like a combination of the Radioactive Man Movie episode and the Homer Becomes Poochie episode, but it is hard to be original after that long.
A "meh" start to what's supposed to be a milestone season.
I agree....an OK episode. I thought it was funny even the movie execs were calling him "Comic Book Guy" even though we know his real name now. There were a couple of chuckle-worthy moments, but that's about it.
Homer: "Can you help me out? I need change for a dollar. Also, I need a dollar." Comic Book Guy: "You... are... acceptable!" Homer: "Do you want to see me naked?" Hollywood Producer Lady: "It's not that kind of movie." Homer: "What movie?"
This was then followed by the mild disappointment of the episode being about Homer in a similar role that worked better (or at least felt more original) with Milhouse as Fallout Boy in the Radioactive Man movie. Act one set up the episode as about Comic Book Guy, which I think I would have preferred.
I did also really like the visual of The Lizard sitting in the movie theater audience for the Everyman screening, and that he was the villain in the movie (with some hilarious facial expressions.)
Oh and the movie poster for Star Wars Episode VII: The Apology, with George Lucas (or was that Randall Curtis?) riding a Tauntaun.
Other than that, meh. Weird that there was no real B story. Not sure Comic Book Guy's couple of scenes at a Hollywood party qualify as a B story. I expected better from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. As guest celebrity writers go, Ricky Gervais from a few seasons ago smoked them.
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There was also a nice DC universe mention when the attorney was killed. "Partner at Wolfman and Perez is missing". Marv Wolfman and George Perez were the creators of Deathstroke during the great Teen Titans run.